New York State’s Largest African American Chamber of Commerce President Set to Receive P.O.W.E.R.-N.-M.O.T.I.O.N. Mission Award

This award is given to an individual who exemplifies the mission of the program Providing Opportunity With Effective Resources – Networking – Motivate Optimize Transcend Inspire Organize Nurture individuals toward empowerment.

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Phil Andrews, LIAACC's President.

Brooklyn, NY - January 6, 2017 - Young, Gifted & Black (YGB) Entrepreneurial Awards  has selected the Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce, Inc.’s President Phil Andrews to receive the 2017 P.O.W.E.R.-N.-M.O.T.I.O.N. Mission Award. This award is given to an individual who exemplifies the mission of their program Providing Opportunities with Effective Resources – Networking – Motivate Optimize Transcend Inspire Organize Nurture individuals toward empowerment.  You can view the work of the Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. and its President online.

In 2006, the YGB Entrepreneurial Awards program was created with one goal and mission in mind: To positively empower individuals and communities by highlighting the achievements of the “Unsung Heroes” whose stories can help inspire others towards making future goals attainable.

The Young, Gifted & Black (YGB) Entrepreneurial Awards held during Black History Month. It will again induct into its consistently growing national program a remarkable class of “Unsung Heroes & Heroines.”

Event: 12th Annual Black Tie VIP Dinner & Presentation
Date: Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017
Time: 6:00PM – 11:00PM
Location: MILK River Restaurant, 960 Atlantic Ave Brooklyn, NY 11238 -

The awards program creates a platform that brings exposure to individuals who are positive role models within their communities, while providing an opportunity for others to be inspired and motivated.   The YGB Entrepreneurial Awards Program is the brainchild of Mr. Carl O. Gray, President & CEO of  The NetLinkz Group, Inc.

The NetLinkz Group, Inc. provides management-consulting services to entities involved in a wide variety of industries. Mr. Gray described the YGB Entrepreneurial awards program as “a labor of love” on a recent internet radio interview with On Point Experience. His feeling is that the awards programs shines a light on average and accomplish individuals who exemplify an entrepreneurial spirit. A common thread among the honorees is their journey towards the Continued Pursuit of Success.  It is this spirit of tenacity shown by each honoree that the program celebrates with the hope that it inspires others to pursue a similar path to entrepreneurial success. Other honoree categories are listed below.

2017 Young, Gifted & Black (YGB) Entrepreneurial Awards Honorees

YGB Professional Service Honorees:

  • Barry Cooper, Strategic Vision Award
    Dean, Advisor, Political Activist
    Vice Chair of Education - Vanguard Independence Democratic Association
    Dean/Director of Culture for Eagle Academy
    Brooklyn Combine, Community Service Award in Mentorship & Leadership
    Mentorship Program
  • Donavan West, Philanthropist of the Year Award
    Chief Operating Officer, People for People Inc.
  • Jezel Best, Strategic Business Development Award
    Operations Director, TVT Group
    CEO/Founder, Financial Wellness Coach, JB Advisory
  • Joanne Taitt, Woman in Business Award
    Author, Entrepreneur, Consultant
    Director For International Empowering Conferences, Empower Each Other Organization
  • Kelly-Ann Daniel, Strategic Account & Brand Manager Award
    Owner, KAROSS Marketing
    Sales Representative, Royal Wine Corp
  • Kerry-Ann Reid-Brown, Strategic Business Development & Management Award
    Founder, Carry on Friends
  • La-Niece Lyew, Restaurant Management & Hospitality Award
    Owner, Milk River Restaurant
  • LaToya Morgan, Motivational Coach & Inspirational Speaker of the Year
    Owner-Operator, Life Coach, Your Hidden Treasure Inc.
  • Linnette Harrigan, Strategic Business Management Award in Music & Entertainment
    CEO-President, Music Supervisor, Linnette Harrigan Media
  • Susan Cameron, LCSW, Health & Human Services Award
    Senior Associate Director of Social Work - Behavioral Health, Kings County
    Hospital, New York City
  • Tyran Marquis, Fashion Stylist of Year Award
    Fashion Designer, Styling by Marquis
  • Wayne Thompson, Community Empowerment Award
    Founder, Managing Director, S.O.A.R! (Strategic Opportunities Achieving Results)

YGB Millennium Business Honorees:

  • Jocelyn R. Taylor, Strategic Vision Award in Media, Marketing & Public Relations
    President-CEO, JRT Multimedia, LLC
  • Roger Milliner, Strategic Business Management Award in Marketing & Brand Management
    Deputy Executive Director of Marketing, MetroPlus Health Plan

Nina Simone Artistic Honorees:

  • Colby Christina, Nina Simone Artistic Excellence Award in Creativity & Entrepreneurship
    Professional Actress, TV Talk Show Host - Colby's Corner, Dancer, Singer, Model, Choreographer, Motivational Speaker, Advocate, AUDELCO - Rising Star Award Recipient
  • The Melisizwe Brothers, Nina Simone Artistic Excellence Award in Music Entertainment
    Artists & Band Performers

YGB – Caribbean Professional Services Honorees:

  • Gregory Clarke, Health & Instructional Fitness Award
    Owner - Fitness Instructor Miami Fitness Jamaica
  • Jay Will, Strategic Business Management Award in Film, Video and Movie Production
    Film Director, Jay WILL Films, (Game Over)

YGB – Caribbean Millennium Business Honorees:

  • Michael "Candy" Muir, Caribbean Lifestyle & Sound System Production Award
    Owner-Operator, Fun Factory Disco International
  • Tony Rebel, ICON Award in Reggae Music & Concert Production
    Reggae Artist/Event Producer, Rebel Salute Productions

The YGB Entrepreneurial Awards program places an emphasis on individuals that continue to reach levels of success through hard work and determination. There isn’t a formal selection criterion to receive this award; rather the program is designed for peer-to-peer acknowledgement of their Talent, Ambition and Achievements toward the “Continued Pursuit of Success"outlined by where they have been in life to where they are now as ambassadors of the entrepreneurial spirit.

The YGB Entrepreneurial Awards Program seeks to support the Chris Rose Community Empowerment Campaign ( & the American Foundation for the University of the West Indies ( The YGB Entrepreneurial Award will seek to make a donation to these programs supporting students with tuition, books and supplies.

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